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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit News: Bellwether Trial in Federal C.R. Bard Vaginal Mesh Litigation Postponed, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports

New York, New York (PRWEB) January 10, 2014

The second bellwether trial of a federal transvaginal mesh lawsuit ( ) involving C.R. Bard Inc.’s Avaulta line of pelvic mesh devices has been postponed. According to documents filed in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, the Plaintiff in the case sought a continuance after one of her expert witnesses unexpectedly became unavailable. The trial, which was supposed to begin this morning, has been put on hold indefinitely. (Jones v. C. R. Bard, Inc. 2:11-cv-00114)

“Our Firm looks forward to the start of this trial, as we are representing hundreds of women in vaginal mesh lawsuits who have allegedly suffered injuries similar to those detailed in this case. The outcome of this case may provide clues as to how juries will rule in similar claims involving C.R. Bard,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices. Firm partner, Jeffrey S. Grand, is a member of the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in the federal C.R. Bard litigation. Bernstein Liebhard LLP continues to offer free legal evaluations to women who allegedly suffered mesh erosion, chronic pain, infections, and other complications following implantation of devices manufactured by C.R. Bard, Inc., as well as American Medical Systems, Inc., Ethicon, Inc. and Boston Scientific Corp.

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
The case scheduled for trial in West Virginia is one of more than 6,200 involving C.R. Bard that have been consolidated in that jurisdiction for pretrial proceedings. According to court documents, the proceeding’s first bellwether case concluded in August, with the jury awarding $2 billion in damages to the Plaintiff. Court records further indicate that what was to have been the litigation’s second bellwether trial settled on the day the trial was set to begin, while the third case set for a bellwether trial was voluntarily dismissed by the Plaintiff. (In re C.R. Bard Inc. Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2187)

On the state level, one vaginal mesh lawsuit involving a C.R. Bard Avaulta device did conclude in July 2012. The Plaintiff was awarded $5.5 million by a California Supreme Court jury, which ordered C.R. Bard to pay a $3.6 million portion of the judgment. The doctor who implanted the woman’s Avaulta mesh device was ordered to pay the remainder. (Scott v. Kannappan, S-1500-CV-266034-WDE, Superior Court for Kern County, California (Bakersfield))

The federal litigation involving C.R. Bard is only one of several established in West Virginia federal court for transvaginal mesh lawsuits. Bernstein Liebhard LLP partner, Jeffrey S. Grand, is also serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees for the following federal litigations: In re: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation - MDL No. 2325; In re: Boston Scientific Corp., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation - MDL No. 2326; and In re: Ethicon, Inc. Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation - MDL No. 2327.

Mr. Grand was also named Co-Liaison Counsel in two consolidated proceedings established for C.R. Bard and Ethicon mesh lawsuits in New Jersey’s Atlantic Superior Court. He was also a member of the trial team on the first Ethicon trial, which ended in March with an $11 million verdict for the Plaintiff. (In re: Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare Litigation, No. 6341-10; In re: Pelvic Mesh Litigation/Bard, No. L-6339-10).

Alleged victims of vaginal mesh complications associated with the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence may be entitled to compensation for their injury-related damages. To find out more about filing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website, or the Firm’s Facebook page: To obtain a free, confidential and no-obligation case review, please call 800-511-5092.

About Bernstein Liebhard LLP
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is a New York-based law firm exclusively representing injured persons in complex individual and class action lawsuits nationwide since 1993, including those who have been harmed by dangerous drugs, defective medical devices and consumer products. The firm has been named by The National Law Journal to the “Plaintiffs’ Hot List,” recognizing the top plaintiffs’ firms in the country, for the past 11 consecutive years.

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